Strength – A Music and Tarot Discussion

MUSIC AND TAROT BACKGROUND

Sometimes learning to read Tarot is a real struggle! I mean learning 22 major arcana card and 56 minor arcana cards can be daunting! Seriously, learning medical terminology was less work. Generally we learn things better when we can see or make connections. I have had a Tarot deck for 20 years now, and still struggle with some of the cards. As I have collected more decks, I’ve also found that the meanings can be expressed and interpreted in a multitude of ways. So begins my journey.

Music has been a major player in my life. Songs trigger emotions, transport us back to moments in time, and are basically the soundtrack to life! Why not connect each tarot card to a song? A few months ago I began doing just that. These posts have been evolving over time I hope you will decide to join in on the conversation!

Just a special note: When writing these I consult a number of decks. Some are traditional Rider Waite system and some are not. My first Tarot, Legend The Arthurian Tarot, has Wands-Air and Swords-Fire. Honestly, this has always made more sense to me than the much more common associations of Wands-Fire and Swords-Air. So occasionally these other traits have influenced my choice.

STRENGTH

Typically depicting a Lion this card most often represents one’s inner strength and convictions. The Lion knows its power and exudes a quiet confidence in itself and its ability to take any challenges. There is no posturing or pretending. There is no quivering or hiding. Just complete and utter confidence in one’s self.  Power is very apparent.

KEYWORDS

  • Strength
  • Discipline
  • Courage
  • Self-Control
  • Power
  • Energy
  • Fortitude
  • Conviction
  • Perseverance
  • Reason
  • Animal Instinct
  • Vitality
  • Mastery of Emotions

MY SONG CHOICE

Broken, Beat & Scarred – Metallica

When I posted this particular card previously, I had picked an entirely different song: Courage – The Tragically Hip. While writing the reasons for choosing it, I realized that it really wasn’t a good fit. This song, however, is a damn near perfect fit!

Strength isn’t pretty, it’s brutal and it scars. But you survive and you are stronger for it! One of my favorite quotes in the world is: “It isn’t about how many times you get knocked down. It’s about how many times you get back up.” That, to me, is Strength. Take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’! Metallica drives this point home in this song with lyrics that demand you rise again. Convincing you that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Begging you to show your scars because, I believe, they’re really just badges proving that you’ve leveled up.

When you listen to the music itself, you find it has a strong steady rhythm like a heart beat plugging away. We’re still alive man. We’re still here. Still going strong and still gonna fight until we’re six feet deep. That is Strength.

Rise, fall, down, rise again
What don’t kill you make you more strong
Rise, fall, down, rise again
What don’t kill you make you more strong

Metallica

Enjoy this discussion? Check out this other Music and Tarot post: Knight of Cups – A Music and Tarot Discussion

Music & Tarot – 10 of Swords

Ten of Swords (Athames/Arrows)

This card’s meaning seems to vary a bit more from deck to deck but overall the card represents a loss, regret, ruin, or conflict. Struggling with the decisions we’ve made and the place they have brought us to. Likely our mistakes have cost us something dear to us. We feel like we have no where to go from here.

KEYWORDS

  • Ruin
  • Troubles
  • Failures
  • Rock Bottom
  • Climax
  • Showdown
  • Defeat
  • Loss
  • Melodrama
  • Pain
  • Sadness
  • Betrayal

MY SONG CHOICE:

Fade to Black 

The lyrics of this song embody the sense of despair that I think the card also represents. The singer no longer sees the way through and seeing no way out of a situation is much akin to rock bottom.

A little secret about rock bottom: When you hit bottom, the only place to go is up and your future is wide open! Ask yourself where you want to be and start taking steps to get there.

Tell me about your song choice.

SPECIAL NOTE

It just so happens that last night I got to hear this song live and in person!!!! Before you ask, I had picked this song months ago and posted about it on my Facebook and Instgram feeds. It feels a bit magical that this happens to be this week’s song.

Hearing the crowd sing along to this really brought to my attention how much every person has been at that point and had to deal with the Ten of Swords energy. We’ve all been there and if you are dealing with this energy, know you are not alone and you can persevere and come out on the other side. Metallica spoke a lot about being a family last night and there is ALWAYS something that connects us to others even if it doesn’t feel that way. We sometimes have to search for that common ground.

To see the clip from last nights rendition of Fade to Black, scroll down to the bottom.

SUICIDE HOTLINES

If you need someone to talk to:

In Canada:

https://suicideprevention.ca/need-help/www.kidshelpphone.ca/

In the US:

1-800-273-8255 or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

http://aaspe.net/

In Europe:

116 123

http://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/Europe/

http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html

In Australia:

13 11 14 or https://www.lifeline.org.au/

http://www.suicide.org/hotlines/international/australia-suicide-hotlines.html

In Africa:

http://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/Africa/

In Asia:

http://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/Asia/

http://www.wiseones.org/anti-suicide/asia.html

In South America:

http://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/South_America/

If your country is not listed here:

www.suicide.org and http://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres

I have lost the will to live
Simply nothing more to give
There is nothing more for me
Need the end to set me free

Metallica

If you need help please call one of the lines noted above. You are not alone.